Shoojit Sircar On Portraying Udham Singh Drinking Alcohol; Says, “He Was A Young Man In London”
Shoojit Sircar’s latest offering, Sardar Udham, appeared on Amazon Prime Video. The film features Vicky Kaushal in the lead role and is a biopic about the revolutionary Udham Singh. In a new interview, the filmmaker talks about one of the crucial scenes in the film.
In the movie, Shoojit Sircar showed Udham Singh drinking alcohol. Perhaps no other movie has shown a freedom fighter who drinks alcohol. When asked if he feared a backlash from the particular scene, Shoojit said, “Could be. I won’t say backlash. But there could be people asking me why I have shown him (Udham Singh) like that. But then, he was a young man in London at that point. We do that all the time. For him, it would be normal, what would a young man at that stage do?”
He added, “As for someone who has an objection, I am ready to sit and discuss the scene. I have facts about where Udham Singh went, what he did. I can share all of that. What happens when you are a 23-year-old or a 30-year-old, you are romantic. You will do things that normal people do.”
Shoojit Sircar also said that he avoided Hindi when it came to the dialogue of the British characters in Udham Singh. “I have not used the kind of ‘Gora language that Bollywood typically uses’. That Hindi said in an English accent. I have never identified with that and never understood the meaning of using such a language. In my film, the British speak English. The British are speaking like British. I also made sure the casting was from there.”
Shoojit wanted to make a film about Udham Singh ever since he came to Mumbai to become a filmmaker. This has been Sircar’s passionate project for 20 years when he first visited the site of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Written by Shoojit, Ritesh Shah, and Shubhendu Bhattacharya, Sardar Udham will premiere on October 16 on Amazon Prime Video.